N/A - Adopted as State Marker
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Lonesome Dove Baptist Church provides the following historical info about the origin of the church:
In 1844 a large group of people left Platt County, Missouri to make a new life for themselves in the Republic of Texas. This particular group of pioneers settled in the Crosstimbers area, now the Grapevine-Southlake vicinity. The trail was dangerous and hard. There were flooded streams, Indians, and other hazards which caused many to turn back. However, the one who persevered came to settle in this area and carve a civilization out of the wilderness. The pioneers began to meet in different homes for worship. Others were coming to settle in the area, many from Missouri. Soon there were enough for the founding of a church. On the third Saturday of February, 1846, the band met at the log cabin home of Charles Throop. There they formed the Lonesome Dove Baptist Church. At the time of its founding there were no other churches within many miles, and no other evangelical church between the Dove and the Pacific Ocean. People began to meet at the Lonesome Dove Church, many walking for many miles. Because of the dangers of the frontier they brought their guns for protection.
Lonesome Dove Baptist Church's website: http://www.lonesomedovechurch.org/
Phone: (817) 488-9568
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